Ain't She Sweet?

Ain't She Sweet?

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by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

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Sugar Beth Carey's come back to Parrish, Mississippi, and she'sbrought her reputation for wreaking havoc with her. She's broke,desperate, and too proud to show it, even with her old enemieslining up for a chance to get even. Her former girlfriends havetheir eyebrow pencils sharpened into lethal points. Winnie Davis,her longtime rival, is fully armed with the money,

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Sugar Beth Carey's come back to Parrish, Mississippi, and she'sbrought her reputation for wreaking havoc with her. She's broke,desperate, and too proud to show it, even with her old enemieslining up for a chance to get even. Her former girlfriends havetheir eyebrow pencils sharpened into lethal points. Winnie Davis,her longtime rival, is fully armed with the money, power, andprestige that had once been Sugar Beth's. But worst of all isColin Byrne, the man whose career Sugar Beth had destroyed — and not exactly accidentally.

Now Colin's a famous novelist living in Sugar Beth's old mansion,and this modern day dark prince is using his writer's imaginationto figure out how to bring the town's beautiful former princessto her knees. But despite her sassy mouth, feisty spirit, andhardheaded ways, Sugar Beth's no longer the spoiled rich girlthey all remember. No, now she's a woman to be reckoned with ...and a great big reckonin' is about to happen, not least of allfor one dark prince who might — just might — be thinking aboutfalling in love with the wickedest girl in town.

Ain't She Sweet? A funny, heartwarming, oh-so-spicy story of love, friendship, and the possibility of happily-ever-after.

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Editorial Reviews

Oakland Press
“Susan Elizabeth Phillips writes a story that wraps around your heart and doesn’t let go.”
Detroit Free Press
“A considerable talent.”
Publishers Weekly
A small town's prodigal daughter returns to face her past in bestseller Phillips's latest cheeky, diverting fairy tale. Sugar Beth Carey, "the wild child of Parrish, Mississippi," was once the queen of all she surveyed, but after 15 years and three marriages, she's a broken (and broke) husk of her former self. Who's loving the schadenfreude? The Seawillows, for starters-the gaggle of Southern belles Sugar dumped years ago, plus Winnie Davis, the half-sister she treated like dirt. And there's more: not only did Sugar stomp on gorgeous Ryan Galantine's heart (luckily, Winnie caught him on the rebound), she also got Colin Byrne, the sexy British high school teacher, fired for ostensibly coming on to her. Colin now owns her family's manse, and she's inherited the carriage house on his property-along with a highly valuable painting, location unknown (might it be hiding in Colin's attic? Or is it right under her nose?). Phillips keeps the tension high, with Colin (now a successful writer and member of the town's "in" crowd) and all of the rest of Parrish looking to make Sugar pay for past misdeeds. Colin hires her to be his housekeeper, and soon their days are filled with bickering, backstabbing and lots of orgasmic sex. A subplot involving Gigi, Winnie and Ryan's rebellious teenage daughter, who somewhat improbably turns to Sugar Beth for advice, detracts from the primary drama. The novel is at its best when Phillips sticks with what she does best-fast-paced romps featuring two headstrong people who finally realize that they're soul mates. 7-city author tour. (Feb. 3) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Read by Anna Fields. (See Prepub Alert, LJ 4/15/05) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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Ain't She Sweet? 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 124 reviews.
kkeating733 More than 1 year ago
Before I started this book I had read some mixed reviews, so I wasn't expecting much from it. I read somewhere that you don't get attached to the characters and that they are hard to like. Whoever said this was completely wrong. I was surprised to find that "Ain't She Sweet?" is one of the best, if not the best romance novel I have ever read (and there have been a lot). I fell in love with the characters, especially Colin. I was sorry when this book ended and I can't seem to stop picking it up and just reading random parts. It's truly amazing and I have recommended it to all of my friends! It's definitely worth the read! =)
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing. You feel for each of the charcters as they develop from high school kids to adults. Suger Beth was such a mean spirited girl, but life paid her back. So much so you begin to understand her evil ways, and have compasion when things go bad for her. In the end you will be pleasantly surprized how everything ties in together. I would recommend this book to anyone who has ever been truly in love.
Justpeachy1 More than 1 year ago
I would have to say, I was a bit skeptical when I first started reading Ain't She Sweet? by Susan Elizabeth Phillips. I had never read anything by the author before and from reading the back cover it sounded like a typical romance I might have read before... but was I ever wrong! I truly enjoyed this book very much. I most identified with Winnie Davis the girl in high school that was made fun of, was perhaps a little too smart and didn't have a lot of confidence in herself. Her secret crush on the high school football team's star. Her struggles with friendships. She was a very endearing character. But, Sugar Beth really does take center stage. This book was about growing up and becoming the person you didn't really think you were going to be. About how your choices in life shape your future, but they can't change your past. It was about not running away from who you were, but embracing it and showing who you've become. I really liked the book. The characters were very well developed and the story is one that will resonant with a lot of women and young girls who are defining or redefining themselves.
sweetpeaSP More than 1 year ago
The reader finds out from the get-go that Sugar Beth Carey ain't so sweet. She is a lying, snobbish brat who made life hell for the less-than-beautiful, not-so-rich nerdy girls at school. She made fun of them and destroyed them. And they haven't forgotten! The fun begins.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this book very hard to put down but it did take me a few chapters to get into it. It has everything even some sad parts to what makes her who she is but it is also funny and a good love story! You have to hang in to see which one has the strongest will to get what they want! Eddie Rob
juls24 More than 1 year ago
This was the first book I read twice in one week. Its a great book, it has all the things I look for in a "unwind" book. It makes you laugh, and also makes you get a little teary eyed. Sugar Beth and Colin make a odd but oh so great couple and I absolutely loved it. I agree with another reviewer though about Sugar Beth's niece Gigi, it really wasn't necessary to involve her in so much, because without it, the outcome would've been the same. But GREAT book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ain¿t She Sweet by Susan Elizabeth Phillips introduces us to Sugar Beth Carey. When Sugar Beth left Parrish, Miss 15 years ago she was the pampered princess of the town. She doesn¿t come home that way at all. Former friends and enemies are dying to give her, her comeuppance. Leading the pack wanting to get even is a former teacher Colin Byrne. Sugar Beth ruined the start of his teaching career and that has Colin wanting payback. But Colin wasn¿t planning on the changed life had dealt to Sugar Beth or his growing feelings for her. Ain¿t She Sweet is a sensational story, its funny, sexy and will touch your heart.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In high school, Sugar Beth Carey and her Seawillows dominated the local scene treating everyone else with contempt. Among her victims was a young British teacher Colin Byrne, whose career she ruined. Years later Sugar Beth returns home having accomplished little in her life except regrets. She hopes to sell her deceased aunt¿s valuable painting done by renowned local artist Ceredon Ash. Sugar Beth is shocked at how well everyone has made it since she dumped her sweetheart Ryan when she left for U of Mississippi for a football star who is now her ex-husband. When she sees Colin she is sorry for what she did to him and is very attracted to him, but he does not trust her though he finds he desires her. Winnie Davis is running scared that her spouse Ryan still loves Sugar Beth. However, that does not matter to Sugar Beth as she now believes you can never go home as nothing remains the same. She wants Colin permanently in her life, but believes he could never forgive her though she hopes he lovingly deem her his forever honey.

AIN¿T SHE SWEET is an engaging relationship drama that focuses on whether a former teen pack leader can ever go home especially as a failure. The story line is character driven as the audience understands what makes key players tick, especially the fear that motivates the lead couple, the former Seawillows, and the Davis duo. Though not much action occurs, to fans of tales that go deep inside the soul of its stars Susan Elizabeth Phillips provides a delightful read.

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Anonymous 11 months ago
As a person newly discovering this author, I hesitated after reading some of the reviews. But if you've ever lived in the South, or a small town, or with a reputation you may or may not have deserved; you won't waste a Memphis minute picking this one up. Laugh, cry, think, and bless your heart if you don't.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great banter between the protagonists. The dialogue sparks an interest with a wonderfully creative, witty rapport but, the duel romance doesn't do it for me. I skimmed over the secondary character's story, finding it dull. I did Love Sugar Beth and Colin's story, however, and the ending was perfectly spicey! S.A.K.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings Sugar Beth grew up in a small town and when she was in her high school years she was both popular and a mean girl.  She is returning but only to get some things from her inheritance and then leave, but she is confronted by people from her past and she has to choose how she is going to respond.   Sugar Beth ends up living in the guest house of her childhood home and I loved how one of the people she persecuted ended up living in her childhood home.  The many times that she is hurt by the people in the past, I loved her many reactions.  Eventually the story gets to the love part and I completely loved it.  The relationship didn't start easy and had some speed bumps, but I loved how Colin treated her and didn't completely forgive her of her past at the beginning.  
GoddessPhD1 More than 1 year ago
Ain’t She Sweet is a powerful romance story of redemption. While most redemption themes are centered around the hero, Phillips, chooses to center around the heroine, Sugar Beth. And like most characters needing redemption, she is one readers most want to hate: a queen bee in high school, daughter of the town’s most powerful man, and a ruthless wielder of social power. During her reign, she terrorized her illegitimate half-sister, Winnie, and falsely accused a teacher (our hero), Colin of sexual harassment.  But now she’s back in town, broke and broken. Fifteen years may have faded her looks, but they haven’t faded the townspeople’s memories of her.  This story was also interesting because the heroine had already done most of the redeeming before the book started. Even though her third marriage was to a man much older than her, she seemed to genuinely love him and his step-daughter. Her step-daughter has a cognitive disability, lives in a private institution, and is the motivation for Sugar Beth’s prodigal return. She must find money to support her step-daughter’s long term financial needs. Her love for her step-daughter, Delilah, motivates her to suffer the slings and arrows from the town, yet when she finally does find the money (a.k.a the painting) she’s looking for, the resolution seemed rushed to me. I would have enjoyed a scene between her and her step-daughter. There were a few flashback conversations between the two of them that were poignant and touching.  I was a little confused about the ending. It seemed rushed to tie up all the loose ends, but left me frayed by a few plot questions. Towards the end of the book, she tells the hero that an ectopic pregnancy has left her sterile, but then she ends up pregnant. Sugar Beth didn’t seem the type of woman to be ignorant of her body and reproduction, so what gives? Also, the original motivation, Delilah, seemed to be forgotten and replaced by Sugar Beth’s new motivation to stay in town: opening up a children’s book store.  I loved the redemption story between Winnie and Ryan so much! But their romance stole the spotlight from Sugar Beth/Colin. All the minor characters stole my heart: Gigi and especially the flatulent basset hound, Gordon. 
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Jenafyre21 More than 1 year ago
Ok, this is the very first book that I have read by Susan Elizabeth Phillips and I can promise you it will not be the last.  This is a story of anger and past hurt, of finding your inner strength and power, of finding and giving forgiveness, of being comfortable with your choices and finding happiness and love. Sugar Beth was AWFUL to her half sister Winnie.  Reading about the way that Winnie was treated might make you want to hate Sugar Beth, but here is the thing, both women had something that the other wanted.  Winnie had the love a father that would not give Sugar Beth the time of day, and Sugar Beth had a inner strength and power that Winnie never thought that she could ever have.  The dynamic between these two and they way that their story finally ended, made me cheer, made me cry and made me glad that I kept reading. The romance between Sugar Beth and Colin was so well done.  It was not an instant ~ just add water~ type of romance, it was a slow gradual romance that allowed them to get past the issues and the hurt of the past and come to understand what they did, why they did it.  It gave them the chance to really truly understand themselves and each other.  I love the ebb and flow of their banter.  Their romance made me sigh. Now onto the Seawillows.  I did not care much for them.  I understand that they were needed in this story to help us understand the dynamic with Winnie and Sugar Beth, but I think that they were just petty, spiteful, and all out mean at times.  Truly people loose touch with each other when they move away.  I think that there might have been something else that happened with them, but for them to be so cruel just because Sugar Beth turned her back on them and forgot about them seemed a bit much for me. Gordon the dog!  Every story should have a Gordon in it.  He added so much comic relief and added a little levity to a story that could have been heavy. I would recommend this book to anyone that wants a real good, feel good, empowerment book about love, life and forgiveness.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Near and dear to my heart as the characters are so familiar and well written
MollyJG More than 1 year ago
Phillips has a way of getting things just right. I couldn't put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had read this book a couple times before and wanted to buy the eBook version. I highly recommend this book.
kittyKH More than 1 year ago
One of the best books I have ever read.
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Very well written and funny too. I could not put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of her best novels.
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One if my favorite books
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After reading Glitter Baby, I was really hoping for a better SEP book and I found it. I loved everything about this story!!! It was sweet, funny, heartbreaking at times, and well written. Just fantastic.